There’s a reason why Cincinnati was ranked #5 on Lonely Planet’s Best in the US and is on Forbes’s radar: it’s a great place to live and work. We might be a *bit* biased seeing as how we work in Cincinnati, but it’s an affordable city with tons of things to offer both young professionals and families. Here’s 5 of our top reasons to love this city….
While Cincinnati sports may not have the greatest track record in recent years (we don’t need to bring up the post-season Cincinnati curse….), there is still nothing more infectious than the excitement of Red’s Opening Day.
FC Cincinnati has taken the city by storm, and suddenly soccer is every Cincinnatian’s new obsession. You don’t have to be a sports fan to get swept up in the game. And they just landed a deal to build a new stadium!
The Red’s Opening Day may be every Cincinnatian’s favorite holiday, but that isn’t the only day of the year that we celebrate our city. Our Oktoberfest is the biggest one outside of Germany. Every Memorial Day weekend, we have our annual Taste of Cincinnati with samples of food from all over the city. And new to our city this past year was Blink – an interactive light show spanning a weekend in October focused on celebrating art and set to return this year.
The Cincinnati food scene has really exploded over the last few years. Just to name a few of the best local spots to visit…..
Maplewood Kitchen & Bar – Arguably one of the best brunch spots in Cincinnati. You can’t go wrong with their lemon ricotta pancakes with a side of local Cincinnati goetta.
Incline House – If you’re looking for a restaurant with a good view of the city, Incline House pretty much tops the list. It’s located in an area of Price Hill that’s seen a lot of recent development. The Incline Theater is right across the street putting on local plays, and Somm Wine Bar is down the street with an outdoor patio and monthly wine flights.
Sotto – For a bit of a more upscale dining experience, Sotto really can’t be beat. Located in the basement of it’s sister restaurant Boca, Sotto offers fresh Italian food. It’s the perfect place to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion. While everything on their menu is phenomenal and definitely worth the splurge, the ricotta doughnuts for dessert are reason alone to stop in.
#4: Local Breweries
With Cincinnati’s rich German history, it’s no surprise that there are a ton of local craft breweries around the city. Between Christian Moerlein, Rhinegeist, and Braxton just to name a few – there’s plenty of places to grab a beer. If you’re only going to visit a few though, MadTree has to be on the list. MadTree has a huge taproom along with an outdoor patio complete with bonfires and cornhole. Not to mention that they have a rotating variety of 20+ handcrafted beers on tap.
Is there anything better than a hot, locally brewed cup of coffee on a Sunday morning? Thankfully Cincinnati is home to quite a few local coffee shops. Coffee Emporium has several locations around the city and is the perfect place to grab some coffee or a latte with a friend. If you’re looking for a side of pancakes or breakfast to go along with your coffee though, Sleepy Bee tops the list. They source their coffee and food locally and make everything fresh.
Overall, Cincinnati is a great place to live and work. Between the sports teams we cheer on (even if we don’t always win….), the parties we host, and the food, beer, and coffee we consume, we love working in this city.
By Allison Walke, Talent Acquisition & Development